By Lauren Ferrone
You could say six South Australian businesses, four different wine regions and a trip to Portugal comes close to making it the best blend.
As part of Adelaide’s membership to the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, six South Australian wine operators have been named winners today (Friday, September 23) at the Best of Wine Tourism Awards to recognise leadership, innovation and excellence in wine tourism.
Each South Australian award recipient will now go on to represent Australia in the international awards program, with a final winner from each great wine capital to be announced in Porto, Portugal, in November.
BEST OF WINE TOURISM AWARD WINNERS
Accommodation – The Louise (Barossa)
Architecture and Landscape – Primo Estate (McLaren Vale)
Art and Culture – Seppeltsfield Estate (Barossa)
Innovative Wine Tourism Experience – Banrock Station (Riverland)
Restaurants – Skillogalee (Clare Valley)
Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices – Kalleske Wines (Barossa)
Wine Tourism Services – Seppeltsfield Estate (Barossa)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA ON INTERNATIONAL STAGE
Karen Raffen, Chair of the South Australian Best of Wine Tourism Judging Panel, says the awards program “shines a spotlight on the best from our State”.
“It allows them to stand alongside some of the world’s most prestigious and well-known wine operators from around the globe,” she says.
Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Tourism, Leon Bignell, agrees, stating South Australia’s membership to the Great Wine Capitals Global Network meant “we’re rightfully boasting our position on the international stage”.
“The great thing about Adelaide’s membership of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network is we are fortunate to be able to recognise all of South Australia’s 18 wine regions within this membership,” he says.
DID YOU KNOW…?
- On July 1, Adelaide officially became a member of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network which comprises a group of major cities linked to internationally renowned wine regions
- About 80 per cent of Australia’s premium wine comes from South Australia
- South Australia’s wine industry generates almost $1.8 billion in revenue, with $1.2 billion of this from wine exports to countries including the United Kingdom, China and Hong Kong, the US and Canada
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